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Revision Notes Part 4 ALCOHOLS (and some isomeric ethers)

4.1 The Molecular Structure and Nomenclature (naming) of the homologous series of ALCOHOLS of general formula CnH2n+1OH (and some isomeric ethers)

The nomenclature of alcohols and ethers - structure and names of alcohols and ethers How do we name alcohols (alkanols)? How do we name ethers? Examples of acceptable names, displayed formula of alcohols and ether molecules via graphic formula, molecular formula, skeletal formula, structural formula of these homologous series of aliphatic alcohols (alkanols) including isomers of molecular formula up to C7H16O, lower ETHER (alkoxyalkanes) functional group isomers and epoxyalkanes

Organic Chemistry Part 4 sub-index: 4.1.1 Nomenclature Introduction * 4.1.2 The names and structures of aliphatic alcohols CnH2n+1OH (and isomeric ethers * 4.1.3 Naming Chloroalcohols *  4.1.4 Naming diols/triols * 4.1.5 Naming cyclo-alcohols * 4.1.6 Naming phenols * 4.1.7 Naming epoxy compounds * 4.1.8 Oxidation sequence: alcohol ==> aldehyde/ketone ==> carboxylic acid


4.1.1 A brief guide to alcohol, ether and epoxy-alkane structure-naming-nomenclature

  • Introduction to the naming and structure of alcohols and ethers.
    • How do we systematically name alcohols? molecules that contain the hydroxy/hydroxyl group -OH
    • How do we systematically name ethers? molecules that contain the carbon-oxygen-carbon C-O-C link
  • Alcohols have the hydroxy group OH attached to at least one of the carbon atoms in the chain. If the OH group is directly attached to a benzene ring , it is classified as a phenol.
  • The primary suffix name is ..ol for alcohol and so for the longest carbon chain (alkanol) the names are based on: 1 carbon, methanol; 2 carbons, ethanol; 3 carbons, propanol; 4 carbons, butanol. After these 4 preserved 'old trivial' names, the name is 'numerically' systematic e.g. 5 carbons, pentanol; 6 hexanol, 7 heptanol, 8 octanol etc.
  • The positions of the substituent alkyl (or other) groups are denoted by using the lowest possible numbers for the associated carbon atoms in the main chain.
  • If there is more than one 'type' of substituent e.g. using the prefixes: methyl… and ethyl.. etc., they are written out in alphabetical order (di, tri are ignored in using this rule).
  • Alcohols are classified according to the atoms/groups attached to the carbon of the hydroxy group
    • Primary alcohols ('prim') have the structure R-CH2-OH, R = H, alkyl, aryl etc. i.e. apart from methanol they have one alkyl/aryl group attached to the C of the C-OH group and 2 (3 in case of methanol only) H's attached to the C of the C-OH functional group.
    • Secondary alcohols ('sec') have the structure R2CH-OH, R = alkyl or aryl etc. i.e. they have two alkyl/aryl groups attached to the C of the C-OH group and 1 H attached to the C of the C-OH functional group.
    • Tertiary alcohols ('tert') have the structure R3C-OH, R = alkyl or aryl etc. i.e. they have three alkyl/aryl groups attached to the C of the C-OH group and no H attached to the C of the C-OH functional group.
  • Ethers are named on the basis of the longest carbon chain with the O-R or alkoxy group, e.g. methoxy CH3O- or ethoxy CH3CH2O- etc. treated as a substituent group.
  • Diol and triol structures are named on the basis of the longest carbon chain and the suffix 'ol'. Diol and triol means two or three hydroxy groups in the molecule. The positions of the OH groups is denoted with the lowest possible numbers. The prefix uses the full parent alkane name e.g. butane…. Examples of diols and triols
  • Cycloalcohols (cycloalkanols) are named on the basis of the number of carbon atoms in the ring (minimum 3) and the prefix 'cyclo' and the suffix 'ol' The prefix alkane name e.g. 'prop' has an 'a' added but leaves out the end 'ne' if more than one OH group (note in mono-hydroxy alcohols its propan… and in diols/triols etc. it is propane…) Examples of cyclic alcohols
  • If the OH group (hydroxy) is directly attached to a benzene ring, the molecule is classified as a 'phenol'. If not, the molecule is classified as an aliphatic alcohol (e.g. all the previous examples so far!). This difference is illustrated below with molecules containing a benzene ring. Comparison of aliphatic alcohol and phenol structures
  • Epoxy compounds have a -C-C-O- triangle (epoxide/oxirane ring) in their structure which is equivalent to the simplest cyclic ether. Examples of epoxy compounds
  • Some 'old' names are quoted in (italics) though their use should be avoided if possible [but many still used - just put one into GOGGLE!].


4.1.2 The names and structures of aliphatic alcohols CnH2n+1OH (and isomeric ethers)

(1) The simplest alcohol is methanol (prim) (methyl alcohol), molecular formula of (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

and four structural formulae representations:

(b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b  (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b d)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and (d)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b,

the latter gives a 3-dimensional structural formula impression of the molecule.

NOTES:

(1) all the C-C-H, H-C-H, C-O-H, C-C-O or H-C-O bond angles are all approximately 109 degrees in all the non-cyclic alcohols or alkanols shown here or below.

(2) From (b), the most 'shortened' structural formula, to (d), the most detailed structural formula, show increasing detail of the specific bonds and spatial arrangement of the atoms. (3)The naming of alcohols is based on the longest carbon chain and the suffix 'ol' meaning the functional group -OH (hydroxyl) attached to the carbon chain.

(2) The next alcohol is ethanol (prim) (ethyl alcohol, 'alcohol'), molecular formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b,

five structural formulae representations

(b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b, (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b, (d)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b, (e)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and (f)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (g)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b.

NOTE: The skeletal formula is that of ethane plus the -OH, so the bond between the carbon chain and the hydroxyl group is shown in the skeletal formula - do NOT confuse it with a 'propane skeleton' - watch out for this in alcohols, ethers and any other structures where a H atom is replaced by a group that is NOT alkyl. The skeletal formula usually represents the bond network /\/ etc. apart from the C-H bonds.

 

(3) With the molecular formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b, we have the first ether isomer of an alcohol. Methoxymethane (dimethyl ether) has the structural formulae (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b, (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b, (d)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b, (e)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b, (f)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b , NOTE(1) The H-C-O or C-O-C bond angles are all approximately 109 degrees (see notes for methanol at the start). (2) Ethers are named on the basis of (I) the longest carbon chain, and (II) the -OR group (where R is alkyl), is treated as a substituent in the longest carbon chain (better illustrated with later examples). The -OR or alkoxy group is named after its carbon length e.g. 'meth', 'eth' etc. plus an added suffix of 'oxy'.

 

There are two structural (positional) isomers of alcohols/alkanols of molecular formula alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b, molecules (4) and (5)

(4) Propan-1-ol (prim) (1-propanol, n-propanol, n-propyl alcohol) has the structural formulae

(a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b, (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b, (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

or (d)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (e)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b.

NOTE a suffix number is now needed to show the position of the -OH or 'ol' functional group.

 

(5) Propan-2-ol (sec) (2-propanol, isopropanol, isopropyl alcohol) has the structural formulae

(a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b, (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b, (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b,

(d)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b the skeletal formula is (e)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(6) There is one ether functional group structural isomer with the molecular formula

(a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b. This is methoxyethane (methyl ethyl ether or ethyl methyl ether) whose structural formulae are

(b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b, (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b, (d)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b,

(e)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (f)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

There are four structural isomers of alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc bwhich are alcohols. Molecules (7) to (10)

(7) Butan-1-ol (prim) (1-butanol, n-butanol, n-butyl alcohol), shortened structural formulae

(a), (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(8) Butan-2-ol (sec) (2-butanol, sec-butyl alcohol, shortened structural formulae (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(9) 2-methylpropan-1-ol (sec) (2-methyl-1-propanol, isobutyl alcohol, isobutanol), shortened structural formulae

(a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(10) 2-methylpropan-2-ol (tert) (2-methyl-2-propanol, tert-butyl alcohol), shortened structural formulae (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

There are three isomeric ethers, isomeric with the alcohols of molecular formula alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b(11) to (13)

 

(11) ethoxyethane (diethyl ether, 'ether'), structural formulae (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b, (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b, (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (d)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (e)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(12) 1-methoxypropane (methyl propyl ether), use of prefix number now required, shortened structural formulae (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(13) 2-methoxypropane, shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

There are 8 isomeric alcohols derived from the molecular formula alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b(14) to (21)

(14) pentan-1-ol (1-pentanol, n-pentanol, n-pentyl alcohol, n-amyl alcohol), shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b , (c) displayed formula and (d) skeletal formula alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(15) pentan-2-ol (2-pentanol), shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(16) pentan-3-ol (3-pentanol), shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(17) 2-methylbutan-1-ol (2-methyl-1-butanol, 'active' amyl alcohol), shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b NOTE from now on you will notice that the lowest number is for the 'highest ranking' substituent in the main carbon chain i.e. 'ol' ranks higher than 'methyl' and uses the lowest available number first.

 

(18) 3-methylbutan-1-ol (3-methyl-1-butanol, isopentanol, isoamyl alcohol), shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(19) 2-methylbutan-2-ol (2-methyl-2-butanol, t-amyl alcohol, t-pentanol), shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(20) 3-methylbutan-2-ol (3-methyl-2-butanol, shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(21) 2,2-dimethylpropan-1-ol (2,2-dimethyl-1-propanol, neopentyl alcohol), shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

There are 6 isomeric ethers, also isomeric with the above 8 alcohols derived from the molecular formula alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b(22) to (27)

(22) 1-methoxybutane, shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(23) 2-methoxybutane, shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(24) 1-ethoxypropane, shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(25) 2-ethoxypropane, shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(26) 1-methoxy-2-methylpropane, shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(27) 2-methoxy-2-methylpropane, shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

There are 17 isomeric alcohols derived from the molecular formula alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b(28) to (44), ethers excluded for the moment!

(28) hexan-1-ol (1-hexanol, n-hexyl alcohol), shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(29) hexan-2-ol (2-hexanol), shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(30) hexan-3-ol (3-hexanol), shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(31) 2-methylpentan-1-ol (2-methyl-1-pentanol), shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(32) 3-methylpentan-1-ol (3-methyl-1-pentanol), shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(33) 4-methylpentan-1-ol (4-methyl-1-pentanol), shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(34) 2-methylpentan-2-ol (2-methyl-2-pentanol), shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(35) 3-methylpentan-2-ol (3-methyl-2-pentanol), shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(36) 4-methylpentan-2-ol (4-methyl-2-pentanol), shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(37) 2-methylpentan-3-ol (2-methyl-3-pentanol), shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b) alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc band the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(38) 3-methylpentan-3-ol (3-methyl-3-pentanol), shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(39) 2,2-dimethylbutan-1-ol (2,2-dimethyl-1-butanol), shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(40) 2,3-dimethylbutan-1-ol (2,3-dimethyl-1-butanol), shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(41) 3,3-dimethylbutan-1-ol (2,2-dimethyl-1-butanol), shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(42) 2,3-dimethylbutan-2-ol (2,3-dimethyl-2-butanol), shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(43) 3,3-dimethylbutan-2-ol (3,3-dimethyl-2-butanol), shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 

(44) 2-ethylbutan-1-ol (name does not fit in with longest carbon chain rule, but a logical and acceptable name to use), shortened structural formula (a)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b or (b)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b and the skeletal formula is (c)alcohols and ether structure and naming (c) doc b

 


4.1.3 Examples of aliphatic 'chloroalcohols'

1. alkene (c) doc b chloroethanol or 2-chloroethanol  (1. based on C2H5OCl)

2. alkene (c) doc b 2-chloropropan-1-ol  (2. to 4.  based on isomers of C3H7OCl)

3. alkene (c) doc b 3-chloropropan-1-ol

4. alkene (c) doc b 1-chloropropan-2-ol

5. alkene (c) doc b 2-chlorobutan-1-ol  (5. to 13.  based on isomers of C4H9OCl)

6. alkene (c) doc b 3-chlorobutan-1-ol

7. alkene (c) doc b 4-chlorobutan-1-ol

8. alkene (c) doc b 1-chlorobutan-2-ol

9. alkene (c) doc b 3-chlorobutan-2-ol

10. alkene (c) doc b 4-chlorobutan-2-ol

11. alkene (c) doc b 1-chloro-2-methylpropan-2-ol

12. alkene (c) doc b 2-chloro-2-methylpropan-1-ol

13. alkene (c) doc b 3-chloro-2-methylpropan-1-ol

 


WHAT NEXT?

Organic Chemistry Part 4 sub-index: 4.1.1 Nomenclature Introduction * 4.1.2 The names and structures of aliphatic alcohols CnH2n+1OH (and isomeric ethers * 4.1.3 Naming Chloroalcohols *  4.1.4 Naming diols/triols * 4.1.5 Naming cyclo-alcohols * 4.1.6 Naming phenols * 4.1.7 Naming epoxy compounds * 4.1.8 Oxidation sequence: alcohol ==> aldehyde/ketone ==> carboxylic acid

LINKS TO ASSOCIATED ADVANCED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY PAGES

Multiple choice quiz on naming alcohols and ethers

(c) doc bType in name (short answer) quiz on alcohols and ethers

All Advanced Organic Chemistry Notes

Summary of Organic Functional Groups Notes

Quiz on Organic Structure Recognition

Summary of organic chemistry functional group tests

Intermolecular forces & boiling points of alcohols compared to other organic molecules

The shapes and bond angles of simple organic molecules


formula keywords: how to name naming nomenclature empirical molecular formula graphic formula displayed formula skeletal formula structural isomers isomerism Nomenclature Introduction primary prim secondary sec tertiary tert alcohols The names and structures of aliphatic alcohols CnH2n+1OH and isomeric ethers Naming Chloroalcohols CH4O CH3OH CH3-OH C2H6O C2H5OH CH3CH2OH  CH3-CH2-OH CH3OCH3 CH3-O-CH3 C3H8O C2H5CH2OH C3H7OH CH3CH2CH2OH CH3-CH2-CH2-OH CH3CH2OCH3 CH3OCH2CH3 CH3-O-CH2CH3 CH3-CH2-O-CH3 C4H10O C4H9OH C3H7CH2OH CH3CH2CH2CH2OH  C5H11OH C5H12O C6H13OH C6H14O C7H15OH C7H16O

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